Duration
Full-time: Varies
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2018 Semester One – 26 February
2018 Semester Two – 16 July
Available locations
City
Points
180
Programme type
Postgraduate
Taught & research options available

Programme overview

The MPP gives you a foundation in the core principles, concepts and methods of public policy research and analysis, and develops your skills in solving public policy problems.

You can connect theory with practice by studying the nature of policy, policy design and the policy process, and engaging in policy analysis and development.

You’ll be able to follow your own interests through research and elective courses. You can apply to enrol in our internship course for hands-on experience in policy.

Programme structure

The MPP is available as either a 120-point taught or research masters, or a 180-point taught masters, depending on your entry qualification and whether you would like to write a thesis.

Taught (180 point)

  • Enter from an undergraduate qualification
  • Three semesters full-time or up to twelve semesters part-time
  • Four core courses in policy analysis, economics of policy, comparative public policy and advanced research skills (60 points)
  • Dissertation (45 points)
  • Elective courses (75 points)

Research (120 point)

  • Enter from a postgraduate qualification
  • One year full-time or up to two years part-time
  • Thesis (90 points)
  • Two core courses in policy analysis, economics of policy, comparative public policy or advanced research skills (30 points)

Taught (120 point)

  • Enter from a postgraduate qualification
  • One year full-time or up to four years part-time
  • Three core courses in policy analysis, economics of policy, and comparative public policy (45 points)
  • Elective courses (30 points)
  • Either a 30-point dissertation and a 15-point course in advanced research skills, or a 45-point dissertation (45 points)

You can find the requirements for your study in the MPP Schedule, and take a look at our postgraduate courses in Public Policy.

Subjects available in this programme

2018 entry requirements

My highest qualification is from:

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Study option
    Taught 120 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 5.0

    Bachelor of Arts (Hons) or Postgraduate Diploma in Arts

  • Study option
    Taught 180 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 5.0

    Bachelors degree

  • Study option
    Research 120 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 5.0

    Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or Postgraduate Diploma in Arts

Further programme requirements

Select your study option:

You must have completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in a relevant discipline with GPA of 5 or higher and a first year statistics course, for example STATS 101.

Relevant disciplines include business, communication, criminology, economics, education, governance, law, media, organisational studies, political sciences, public administration, public health, public management, public policy, public relations, sociology and social work.

You can complete STATS 101 as a Certificate of Proficiency course in advance of starting your MPP or take it concurrently in your first semester of study in the MPP.

You must have completed a bachelors degree in a relevant discipline with a GPA of at least 5 in 45 points above Stage II and a first year Statistics course, for example STATS 101.

Relevant disciplines include business, communication, criminology, economics, education, governance, law, media, organisational studies, political sciences, public administration, public health, public management, public policy, public relations, sociology and social work.

You can complete STATS 101 as a Certificate of Proficiency course in advance of starting your MPP or take it concurrently in your first semester of study in the MPP.

You must have completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in a relevant discipline with GPA of 5 or higher and a first year statistics course, for example STATS 101. You must have also completed two of these courses: POLICY 701, POLICY 702, POLITICS 757 or POLITICS 769.

Relevant disciplines include business, communication, criminology, economics, education, governance, law, media, organisational studies, political sciences, public administration, public health, public management, public policy, public relations, sociology and social work.

You can complete STATS 101 as a Certificate of Proficiency course in advance of starting your MPP or take it concurrently in your first semester of study in the MPP.

Other pathways to study

If you do not meet the entry requirements, the following programmes are appropriate pathways:

  • Graduate Diploma in Arts
  • Certificate of Proficiency

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Study option
    Taught 120 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.0

    One year of postgraduate study

  • Study option
    Taught 180 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.0

    An undergraduate degree

  • Study option
    Research 120 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.0

    One year of postgraduate study

  • Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    6.5

Further programme requirements

Select your study option:

You must have completed a one-year postgraduate qualification in a relevant discipline, following an undergraduate degree, at a recognised university (or similar institution) and an introductory statistics course. Four-year undergraduate degrees will be considered where the final year consists of postgraduate-level study. You will need a GPE of 5.0.

Relevant disciplines include business, communication, criminology, economics, education, governance, law, media, organisational studies, political sciences public administration, public health, public management, public policy, public relations, sociology and social work.

If you have not completed an introductory course in statistics you can complete STATS 101 as a Certificate of Proficiency course in advance of starting your MPP or take it concurrently in your first semester of study in the MPP.

You must have completed an undergraduate degree at a recognised university (or similar institution) in a relevant discipline and an introductory statistics course. You will need a GPE of 5.0.

Relevant disciplines include business, communication, criminology, economics, education, governance, law, media, organisational studies, political sciences, public administration, public health, public management, public policy, public relations, sociology and social work.

If you have not taken an introductory course in statistics you can complete STATS 101 as a Certificate of Proficiency course in advance of starting your MPP or take it concurrently in your first semester of study in the MPP.

You must have completed a one-year postgraduate qualification in a relevant discipline, following an undergraduate degree, at a recognised university (or similar institution) and an introductory statistics course. You must also have completed two postgraduate courses in policy analysis, economics of policy, comparative public policy or advanced research skills. You will need a GPE of 5.0.

Four-year undergraduate degrees will be considered where the final year consists of postgraduate-level study.

Relevant disciplines include business, communication, criminology, economics, education, governance, law, media, organisational studies, political sciences, public administration, public health, public management, public policy, public relations, sociology and social work.

If you have not completed an introductory course in statistics you can complete STATS 101 as a Certificate of Proficiency course in advance of starting your MPP or take it concurrently in your first semester of study in the MPP.

Other pathways to study

If you do not meet the entry requirements, the following programmes are appropriate pathways:

  • Graduate Diploma in Arts
  • Certificate of Proficiency

How much does a Master of Public Policy cost per year?

2018 fees

Domestic students
NZ$7,398 – $9,153.60*
International students
NZ$32,392*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. 2018 fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $6.78 per point, estimated at $813.60 for full-time study (120 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

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Key dates

1 December start available for 120-point research masters only, subject to supervisor availability.

Please note: We will consider late applications if places are still available. International students should start the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a visa.

Application closing dates

Semester One 2018
8 December 2017

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Where could this programme take you?

The MPP is a career-focused qualification that can give you the skills and knowledge you need for a career in public policy, local or national government, non-governmental organisations, or the private sector. It is popular with people already working in governments around the world looking to upskill, and offers the flexibility to study part-time alongside your current job.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Democracy services graduate
  • Division chief for policy formulation
  • Executive director
  • Independent policy and governance adviser
  • Journalist
  • Policy adviser
  • Policy analyst
  • Policy researcher

Kris completed a Master of Public Policy and is now a division chief for policy formulation in the Philippines.

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